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Organ donor discovers eye error

Stephen Banks

The NHS has confirmed up to 800,000 people on the UK donor register may have had their wishes about which organs they wished to donate recorded incorrectly.

Stephen Banks, 27, from Redditch, Worcestershire, was shocked to discover that upon his death, his eyes could be made available for donation - against his wishes.

I have to say I am a little angry. How could such a major error occur?

This could have had an awful effect on my loved ones - if something had happened to me.

I was asked about organ donation when I filled out a form to renew my driving licence, in February.

Before I made my decision, I discussed it in depth with my partner and my family.

There was no obvious way to contact them and correct the mistake
Stephen Banks, Redditch

I decided I was happy to donate all my organs - apart from my eyes.

I know it sounds strange - after all, it's not going to make any difference to me.

We had a bit of a joke about it - 'the eyes are the key to the soul' and all that.

But I just didn't want to - and so I chose not to tick the eye box.

'My choice'

Two weeks ago, I got a letter from the DVLA, confirming the renewal of my driving licence, and with it a letter from the NHS which said: 'Thank you for agreeing to donate your organs'.

When I looked down the list - it said I had agreed to donate everything - my eyes included. And what's worse - there was no obvious way to correct the mistake.

I haven't tried contacting them. I feel a bit embarrassed to call up and say: 'I don't want to donate my eyes'. I feel a bit awkward about it.

But at the end of the day, it is my choice and these are my wishes.



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